Ty Lawson to Rehab, Still on Trade Block


The week keeps getting more interesting for former North Carolina star Ty Lawson. After his second DUI arrest this year, Lawson will be entering a thirty day alcohol rehab program through court order. After that program is completed will Lawson actually go to trial for his two arrests.

Lawson’s team, the Denver Nuggets, had no comment about this development in a statement from their general manager.

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Lawson’s rehab stint occurs as teams are still showing interest in the point guard. According to reports from Chris Mannix of SI.com, the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, and Houston Rockets are among the teams who may be interested in acquiring Lawson. The Nuggets drafted guard Emmanuel Mudiay this year and are widely seen as moving away from Lawson as their offensive model changes.

Chauncey Billups is already on the record as saying that Lawson needs new scenery.

Finding the right situation for Lawson could be difficult. If he went to Detroit, there would be some question of whether he would be the day one starter. The Pistons have a fair amount of money locked in to Brandon Jennings and now Reggie Jackson. While Jackson could man the two, it would take some shuffling to sort out the minutes for everybody.

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The Lakers offer a more intriguing spot if only because it would be easier to plug Lawson in. Draftee D’Angelo Russell can play either guard spot and Kobe Bryant could play some small forward if needed.

The Lakers, like the Pistons, emphasize the problem with Lawson moving teams at this point in the off season. The Lakers have a manageable point guard situation right now between Russell and Jordan Clarkson. They don’t need to make a deal.

The most attractive of the landing spots has to be Houston. There is a playoff team there, and Lawson would be an upgrade over Patrick Beverley on offense. He would get to play with Dwight Howard and James Harden in as competitive a spot as you can find in the League.

Hopefully Lawson grows from his time in rehab in order to benefit whatever team he plays for this upcoming season.

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